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Vol. 47, No. 3, March 2007

Vending Features
NAMA Firms Up Business Program, Updates Schedule For Spring Expo
LAS VEGAS — Increased educational sessions and a revised schedule are on tap for the 2007 National Automatic Merchandising Association Spring Expo. The event will be held during the second week in April at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino here. The new venue will bring the headquarters hotel and exhibit area under the same roof for the first time since the final NAMA Western Show in the Ambassador Hotel (Los Angeles) nearly four decades ago...

Seaga Premium Collection Unites Advanced Technology, Simplicity
FREEPORT, IL — On display at the upcoming National Automatic Merchandising Association Spring Expo will be the Premium Collection from Seaga. The line now includes two snack machines of different widths, a refrigerated-or-frozen food and snack merchandiser, and a chilled packaged-beverage vender, all of which can control an adjacent satellite snack dispenser...

Music and Games Features
Manufacturers And Operators Strengthen Efforts To Reestablish Coin-Op Viddie’s Earnings, Fame
U.S.A. — It’s no secret that many operators have become disenchanted with most traditional upright and sitdown video games, and the sector’s leading manufacturers are aware of this sentiment. They have been working to redefine the category for today’s industry – and to reestablish video as a reliable source of long-term ROI. According to several leading machine operators and manufacturers, there is evidence that these efforts are succeeding...

Merit Production Will Move To Grand Rapids
BENSALEM, PA — Merit Entertainment will move its manufacturing operations to Rowe International’s factory in Grand Rapids, MI. Both companies are owned by Harbour Group...

Bulk Vending
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS: Disgruntled Location Owner Tells Why Bulk Vending Equipment Isn’t Welcome At His Brooklyn, NY, Store
BROOKLYN, NY — Most every operator has run into a location owner who doesn’t want a bulk vending machine in his or her store for any reason. In some cases, this is because these owners don’t feel bulk vending fits in with customers or decor, but other times this hostility toward the industry is based on a history of unpleasant experiences...

Editorial: Vending
EDITORIAL: Getting It Right
Tim Sanford
It often is said, when someone complains about the annoyances of progress, “you can’t turn back the hands of time.” In one sense, this is unarguable; we travel through time in one direction only. But it has been pointed out that, when the clock is wrong, the only way to set it right is to adjust it. It also has been said, famously, that when you make an error in calculation, you must go back to that step and correct it, or you never will get the right answer. When you clearly are moving in the wrong direction, you change course...By TIM SANFORD

Editorial: Music and Games
EDITORIAL: Surprise! Industry Leaders Are Upbeat
Marcus Webb
Don’t look now, but rainbows are breaking out in the most unexpected places – namely, in many top echelons of the amusements industry. Medium-sized traditional street operators like Charles Rowland of Games People Play (Richmond, VA) report they are in the strongest financial shape in their history. Giant FEC operators like American Family Entertainment Centers say their “Wal-Mart strategy” of building multi-use facilities in rural areas is working beautifully. In between, the leading chains of pizzerias with gamerooms are also doing landmark business across much of the country...By MARCUS WEBB

Upfront with the Publisher
UPFRONT: When You’re Through Changing, You’re Through!
Alicia Lavay
If you’ve been reading my columns for the past year, you have probably noticed that I often comment on the changes taking place in the world, and attempt to understand how these relate to the transformations we see happening in our industry...By ALICIA LAVAY-KERTES

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